Salina military school mourns students killed in crash

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A military school in central Kansas is mourning two current students and a recent graduate who died in a rollover crash in Colorado.

The Salina Journal reports that St. John’s Military School cadets John Yoder and Akinwumi “A.J.” Ricketts and graduate Jake Whitting, the Salina school’s valedictorian in the Class of 2016, died Tuesday at the scene of the crash about 40 minutes southwest of Denver.

A fourth student, Marshall Otter, survived and was taken to a hospital. His condition wasn’t available Wednesday.

Colorado State Patrol says Whitting lost control of the pickup truck that the four were in, causing it to leave the road, roll down an embankment and come to rest in a creek.

The school, which held commencement ceremonies Saturday, is offering grief counselors on campus.



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